Peak(s):  Helen, Mt  -  13,164 feet
Date Posted:  07/07/2020
Date Climbed:   07/04/2020
Author:  NittanyLion14er
 Helen / Dyer/ Crystal / Pk 10  

From Crystal/Spruce Lakes TH, started at 6:10am. Went up about 1/4 mi on Wheeler Trail, then used game trails to reach tree line heading to summit of Helen. There was a small cairn on the left side of the trail, easy to miss. From Helen to Father Dyer. Stayed ridge proper for 90% of the long ridge, mostly Class II and III but some Class IV near the high points. There is some route finding around the high points to avoid Class IV down climbs. The highest point on the ridge was the most challenging, went left around it, dropping down approx 50'. From Father Dyer to Crystal to Pk 10 is fairly obvious, trail somewhat evident most of the traverse . Huge party on summit o fPk 10 driving golf balls and many skiers on the N side bowl. From summit of Pk 10, followed road down just past the radio tower then slight right to walk ridge. Picked a mellow spot to drop to Crystal Lake trail to service road. Walked service road, with a few water crossings that were easily waded. Stayed on road to within approx 1/2 mi of parking and connected onto Wheeler Trail where meets road. Route is clear, with exception of Pk 10 - 2 small snow patches, easily stepped down. Did small glissade from ridge to lake, snow was fast around 11am, recommend poles or axe to regulate speed.

 Comments or Questions

not a trip report
07/07/2020 08:37
this is a condition update


who pissed in your cheerios angry
07/07/2020 09:06
lol you're right though


07/08/2020 12:20
Thanks for the update! Is there still quite a bit of snow on Crystal's upper standard route, below Crystal - Pk 10 ridge?


Why I don’t post on this site
07/10/2020 08:01
Thanks for your opinion, VERY helpful. Maybe if there had been pics youâd be ok with the post? LOL. Your rose icon needs thorns on it...
Just relaying my experience on the route. It describes my trip.

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